The Qatar Crisis in an Age of Alternative Facts

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by Kristian Coates Ulrichsen The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) holds its annual Summit in Kuwait City this week, exactly six months since three of the six GCC states—Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE)—cut diplomatic relations and imposed economic… Continue Reading  

The Gulf Crisis Settles into a Family Squabble

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by James M. Dorsey A three-month old crisis in the Gulf that has pitted Qatar against an alliance led by the UAE and Saudi Arabia has settled into a family squabble in which the protagonists appear to be singing different… Continue Reading  

UAE Ambassador’s Hacked Mails Feed Crucial Policy Debates

Gen Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and his wife Deanie spoke with Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates, Yousef Al Otaiba  who also received the Distinguished Diploatic Service Award at the 2013 World Affairs Council Global Education Gala held at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, D.C. on March 7, 2013. 


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by James M. Dorsey The hacked email account of Yousef al-Otaiba, the influential United Arab Emirates ambassador in Washington, has provided unprecedented insight into the length to which the small Gulf state is willing to go in the pursuit of… Continue Reading  

Saudi-UAE moves hint at willingness to engage with Iran

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by James M. Dorsey Recent moves by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates suggest that the two Gulf states may be looking for ways to reduce tensions with Iran that permeate multiple conflicts wracking the Middle East and North… Continue Reading  

UAE Ambassador: Trump Least Qualified to be President

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by Eli Clifton United Arab Emirates Ambassador to the U.S. Yousef Al-Otaiba was sharply critical of Donald Trump, even suggesting that he would seek “early retirement” if Trump won the election, according to a series of hacked emails allegedly sent… Continue Reading